verb (used with or without object)
Origin of awaken
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The man absorbed and involved in business is not an awakener or reminder of the Perfect.The Myth in Marriage
To love the cold is a sign of youth—and we do love it, the Awakener.Wilderness, A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska
Jealousy is the forerunner of love, and sometimes its awakener.
You my awakener, it seems to me you're finding no such happiness.The Trial of Callista Blake
It was the sort of face that makes the end of a dream a discomfort to the awakener.When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
Old English awæcnan (intransitive), "to spring into being, arise, originate," also, less often, "to wake up;" earlier onwæcnan, from a- (1) "on" + wæcnan (see waken). Transitive meaning "to rouse from sleep" is recorded from 1510s; figurative sense of "to stir up, rouse to activity" is from c.1600.
Originally strong declension (past tense awoc, past participle awacen), already in Old English it was confused with awake (v.) and a weak past tense awæcnede (modern awakened) emerged and has since become the accepted form, with awoke and awoken transferred to awake. Subtle shades of distinction determine the use of awake or awaken in modern English. Related: Awakening.